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Actor Matthew Perry pictured in September 1995, surrounded by fans and parrazzi.  Photograph by Alan Light 

What Did The 1990s Mean?

What can we say about the '90s? A decade that eludes the easy characterizations of its predecessors, the 1990s were filled with incongruous motifs, without a single theme to tie them together.

X/Y Generations

Your Generation Is Showing

How you think about the '90s says a lot about your age. Author Cathy Alter explores how Gen Xers and Gen Yers view the '90s--and how the generational divide manifests itself in their recollections.

Pictured: June 1995: O.J. Simpson looks at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on during his double-murder trial. Simpson was acquitted of charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

The '90s: News

Economists fear what they call “black swan” scenarios, in which events unpredictably deviate far beyond what is normal or expected. In a sense, the 1990s was one long black swan event, filled with drastic, largely unforeseen tumult that caused existing balances of power to abruptly crumble. From the rubble, we ...

Pictured: Anna Nicole Smith kisses husband J. Howard Marshall II circa 1994.

The '90s: Culture

Compared to the 1980s, in which the Postmodernist movement rejected the idea of overriding truth and maintained that individual interpretation was the only thing that mattered, the cultural world of the 1990s had a lot less drama. But it was still a period in which the visual and performing arts ...